Sabrina Carpenter and Barry Keoghan's ‘Please Please Please’ Video Was Inspired by Bennifer and Quentin Tarantino

Hers. I would never suggest that. I felt like it was overstepping. It just feels like a personal decision and I wanted the choice to be her own. But obviously I hoped for it all along. It feels like the most obvious thing because he’s one of the greatest actors of this generation and the chemistry’s there.

What was Barry like to direct?

He’s amazing. Super receptive, super open, takes direction really well. I think because it’s his girlfriend, and it’s her video he was very conscious of that and wanted to make sure that he wasn’t taking energy or attention away from her. It was really sweet—he wanted to nail it, give it all and do his best, but also totally always trying to stay out of the way. You could tell he was trying to be really respectful and let this be her moment. He had a specific way of how he wanted to play this, too. He knew exactly the character, what his mannerisms were, even the wardrobe—he knew very specifically what he wanted to wear.

I love the open polo and the matching crosses. Have you got any funny behind-the-scenes anecdotes?

The day I got the track, I wasn’t sure if I was going to take it on because it was a busy time for me, and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. But it just so happened that on the same day I saw [this person] wearing a Sabrina Carpenter t-shirt right there in front of me. So it felt like fate.

Pop culture loves the good-girl bad-boy couple. Were there any pop cultural references or cinematic inspirations that you drew from?

Yeah, Pam and Tommy. Madonna and Dennis Rodman. Tarantino was a big reference point. Natural Born Killers. Bonnie and Clyde, obviously. Even Thelma and Louise. We were really looking at film references more than anything else and pop culture references in terms of what we wanted the spirit of this moment to be. Even J-Lo and Ben Affleck—not to reference, but to capture that spirit. It’s similar in the sense that they’re this really exciting young couple, both having big moments in their respective careers, coming together and making a piece of art. But this is very much not real life—it’s a story.

At the end of “Espresso,” Sabrina gets arrested. Was this part of a wider universe, are they connected? Or is it its own thing?

I think it’s fun when there’s a through-line; I think she feels that way. I don’t think we ever saw this as a direct continuation. It’s a different film, a different art direction, almost a different era. But “Espresso” does end with a snippet of “Please Please Please” playing on the police car radio, and we also have “Espresso” playing in the opening scene of this film. So there are easter eggs and a thread, but it’s not a Part Two. I think it just shows that she’s very cohesive as an artist. It’s considered, but it’s not a continuation.

It kind of reminds me of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”?

That was life-changing for me, that music video. I remember exactly where I was when I watched it. That was very much a video that had [an] impact. It was so badass, so unafraid to take a risk, that fierceness…

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